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Beach managers reflect and look forward

Beach managers from local authorities, communities and other organisations joined an online forum today, 6 December, to share experiences and learning from managing Scotland's Beach Award winning sites and to network.

Speakers included: Dr Ruth Stidson of SEPA updating the 16 attendees on bathing waters and SEPA water testing; Harper Loonsk of Highland Adapts giving an overview on the community groups working on climate adaptations across the Highlands; and Catherine Gemmell from the Marine Conservation Society highlighting beach litter stats and discuss some topical issues to the 16 attendees.

Our team also reflected on the past season and briefed the delegates on updates to Scotland’s Beach Awards and our national award-winning Upstream Battle campaign.

We have been recognising Scottish beaches and their managers for more than 30 years and are proud that some of the most popular Scottish beaches have flown our flag over the sands.

Benefits of the Scotland’s Beach Award include elevating the profile of the beach, encouraging a boost of tourism and opening up local revenue opportunities.

To gain an award, beaches must meet standards across three areas: Access, Facilities and Safety, Local Environment Quality, and Communities and Heritage.

Applications for the prestigious award open in early 2024, get in contact for more information.

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06 December 2023

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